Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Share your VOC and HAP Emission Data

With the increasing concern on climate change and global impact of hazardous pollutants to the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made efforts to reduce toxic air pollutants emitted through printing. It urged the Printing Industries of America to assist them in updating their national annual hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emission factor. HAP emission often occurs from the use of chemicals in printing that is classified as toxic pollutants. The data obtained will be significant in the HAP factor that will help estimate HAP emissions. Likewise, it is critical in stressing that the printing industry is not a huge contributor to air pollutants.    

Printing companies are urged to share their volatile organic compound (VOC) and HAP emission data from their facility. You simply have to fill up this spreadsheet and send it to Caitlin Seiler at The data gathered will be kept confidential and will not be shared with other printing companies. This urges printing companies to be proactive and help in realizing the goal of EPA.               

1 comment:

  1. I see this not as a responsibility of printing companies but an opportunity to participate in the global campaign against global warming. But in America where a lot of skeptics reside, they just have to see this a something for sustainability, not necessarily to combat global warming.